My 14 year old daughter just started Abilify and I was told by the doctor that it acts in the capacity as serving as a mood stablizer as well as an antimanic. Of course it is an antipsychotic used for Schizophrienia as well.
I was also told that it is a rather safe drug of choice comared to others that are out there.
I hope that alleviates any concerns you may have. I too was concerned about Abilify being the doctor's drug of choice but after she explained more of it's uses and safety I felt alot better.
In fact, I was told it would spare my daughter from having to take a third med since it serves two purposes.
Good luck to you & your wife. ~ Goody